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'Pro-rape’ group cancel meetings because they're worried about their own safety

Return of Kings won’t be meeting in Naas.

Image: Youtube/KarenStrughan

THE INTERNATIONAL MEET-UP of misogynist ‘neomasculinity’ group Return of Kings has been cancelled because of ‘safety and privacy’ concerns.

The group planned local meetings for their followers in 43 countries next week, including one in Naas in Co Kildare.

But  in a short blog post published yesterday, Return of Kings founder Daryush ‘Roosh’ Valizadeh said that the plan has been scrapped.

I can no longer guarantee the safety or privacy of the men who want to attend on 6 February, especially since most of the meetups can not be made private in time. While I can’t stop men who want to continue meeting in private groups, there will be no official Return Of Kings meetup. The listing page has been scrubbed of all locations. I apologise to all the supporters who are let down by my decision.

The controversial group has been strongly criticised for their anti-women views, especially extreme views on rape and domestic violence.

In a February 2015 blog post entitled How To Stop Rape, Valizdeh argued that the solution is to “make rape legal if done on private property”.

Their planned meetings sparked a number of counter protests to be organised in some cities and it seems this spooked the Return of Kings community.

In an earlier blog post before the cancellation, Valizadeh said yesterday that “the world is moving against us”.

Since this meetup was never intended as a confrontation with unattractive women and their enablers, I’m moving to save as many of these meetups as I can before Saturday so that men can still meet in private away from a loud, obnoxious, dishonest, and potentially violent mob.

Read: A misogynist ‘pro-rape’ group called Return of Kings is planning a bizarre meeting in Kildare >

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